The Carpmaels & Ransford Trade Marks and Dispute Resolution teams have been awarded a Silver ranking in the eighth edition of the World Trademark Review 1000 (WTR 1000).
Ian Kirby and Jonathan Day received individual recognition for ‘enforcement and litigation’. Jonathan also received individual recognition for ‘prosecution and strategy’ along with Roger Lush. This is a great achievement which builds on the success of our integrated IP offering. Please see the full write-up from the WTR 1000 2018 edition below:
“Carpmaels is a top-class outfit which is tremendously easy to deal with. Given the outstanding quality of the work it performs, its rates are highly competitive, too.” Unlike other attorney groups, the firm gets into the thick of the action when it comes to trademark litigation; it sits on the frontlines of meaty English High Court litigation and regularly plays a key coordination role on complex multi-jurisdictional disputes, particularly those that have strong trademark registry elements. The side has moved past the point where it needs to say to clients, ‘we have a litigation team now’; it is now more a case of ‘we can handle that – leave it with us’. Unfamiliar with the split IP profession, US brand owners draw particular comfort from this and rely on Carpmaels to help them figure out the European market. Leading the four-solicitor dispute resolution team, Ian Kirby summarises problems easily and delivers succinct commercial advice; he has been taking work away from competitors, which tend to be more cautious and less efficient. While Kirby spends his time on patent and trademark cases, head of trademarks Jonathan Day has a strong focus on brands. “Jonathan provides thorough and practical advice and is very responsive. He appreciates the complications that can arise when dealing with companies overseas and he knows which foreign attorneys will be the best resource. He is an outstanding counsellor who you can trust implicitly to lead you in the right direction.” As the litigation side of the practice grows, the firm has not lost its trademark protection and portfolio management skills by any stretch. A staunch ally for any brand owner – at any point in the trademark lifecycle – Roger Lush continues to perform flawlessly when it comes to prosecution, IP commercialisation and enforcement. “Roger is an exemplary professional who provides legal and commercially pragmatic advice with great responsiveness. He makes strategic planning on a worldwide basis easy.” Lately, he has been acting for Belron, the world’s largest vehicle glass repair group, in connection with the global management of its trademark portfolio; one of his notable successes was registering the melody of its well-known ‘Autoglass repair, Autoglass replace’ jingle as an EU trademark.